Up to 400,000 people living in Waikato can now speak to a family doctor online at night or over the weekend.
The free out-of-hours service is the latest step by the local district health board in its Virtual plan.
Raglan resident, Fiona Edwards, is a strong advocate of the new out-of-hours online GP service.
“It gives people the option of having something on their phone that they just press that button and they can talk to a doctor and the doctor will say, actually hang up and dial 111 or actually that’s not an emergency and I can send you a script for that which you can get filled in the morning, or actually you might need to just administer some panadol to your child.”
The new service is available from 6am to 11pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 8pm on weekends to Waikato residents who have been in to a local hospital and signed up.